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Melisa Garcia Wins Nuestra Gente Award 

Melisa Garcia graduated with her B.A. degree from the University of California, Riverside. Her master’s degree is in Creative Writing is from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She is currently working on her PhD degree with interests in bilingualism, rhetoric of oppression and analyzing the effects of storytelling and testimonio on different forms of literacy. She is also working on editing her poetry manuscript for future publication. Read the full press release.

 

    

Rita Kamani-Renedo Wins Excelencia in Teaching Scholarship

Rita Kamani-Renedo teaches English, Social Studies, and ESL at the International High School at Prospect Heights, a public school in Brooklyn, New York that serves recently arrived immigrant youth from over 15 different countries. Born in Queens, Rita has worked with New York City public school students for 8 years. Prior to working as a high school teacher, Rita worked at an educational nonprofit focused on youth development, human rights education, and youth organizing, and also taught in a dual language elementary school. Rita has been involved in the New York Collective of Radical Educators, a community of social justice minded educator-activists, and in TeachDream, a group of educators dedicated to making schools safer spaces for undocumented youth and families. Rita received a BA in Political Science and Education from Swarthmore College, and an MA in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Read the full press release.

Nuestra Gente Award: $500

Established by the Latinx Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and sponsored by Laura Muñoz, CEO S-Mart, this award recognizes a Latinx graduate student or junior faculty (first three years) to support their continued education and research agenda which must align to the NCTE Rainbow Strand.

Rainbow Strand sessions highlight issues and strategies related to enhancing the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Affirming the lives and literatures, literacies and legacies of people across complex and multiple lines of difference is central to the mission of the Rainbow Strand. Thus, Rainbow Strand sessions represent the cultural and linguistic diversity of a nation, if not a globe, and thus affirm and explore, examine and pay unique attention to historically underrepresented populations—specifically Latinx.

Eligibility

  1. Must be a Latinx graduate student in his/her first 3 years of teaching
  2. His/her research must align with Rainbow Strand

Application Process

  1. Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/ZMigFcIZNbCVhdLp2
  2. One letter of support from a professor or colleague who is familiar with your research
  3. Complete curriculum vitae
  4. Proof of college enrollment (if applicable)

Letter of support, CV and proof of college enrollment should be sent to latinxcaucusawards@gmail.com with the subject line Nuestra Gente Award.

Applications are due July 31, 2017.

The award winner will be announced by September 5, 2017.

The award winner will be recognized at the 2017 NCTE Awards Ceremony on November 16-19th in St. Louis, MO.

Excelencia in Teaching Scholarship: $1000

Established by the Latinx Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and sponsored by Laura Muñoz, CEO S-Mart, this scholarship will be awarded to a Latinx educator in a K-12 classroom to help cover the cost of registration and travel to the NCTE annual conference. This educator is an example of excellence in teaching and demonstrates innovative approaches in education.

For us, innovative approaches means a teacher that is willing to take risks and experiment with different teaching and learning methods to better meet the needs of his/her students. These approaches can include innovative uses of technology, service-learning, and any other unique ideas that engage students in learning.

Eligibility

Must be a Latinx teacher K-12.

Application Process

  1. Google form that includes short answer questions: https://goo.gl/forms/BwBmDx8jrofwoY2u2
  2. Letter of support from someone familiar with your work

Letter of support should be sent to latinxcaucusawards@gmail.com
Videos are encouraged to supplement application, but are not necessary.
Subject line: Excelencia in Teaching Scholarship

Applications are due July 31, 2017.

The award winner will be announced by September 5, 2017.

The award winner will be recognized at the 2017 NCTE Awards Ceremony on November 16-19th in St. Louis, MO.

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